Phoenix UUs know pain, fear of deportation

Geraldine and Tiffany Mendez (©Nancy Pierce)

During the Saturday afternoon plenary the General Assembly heard from Isabel Chairez, a Phoenix resident who spent three months in a Maricopa County jail last year while pregnant. She said she witnessed oral abuse, was only fed twice a day, and did not receive adequate prenatal care. She was released a month before giving birth […]

Opening Ceremony ends with outdoor rally

Arizona Immigration Ministry Witness Event (©Nancy Pierce)

The Opening Ceremony of the Justice General Assembly spilled out onto the streets of Phoenix, Ariz., Wednesday night, as hundreds of Unitarian Universalists processed from the Convention Center to Heritage Square singing, “Freedom is Coming.” At a park one block away, people gathered for the outdoor conclusion of the first-night events, filling the plaza with […]

2012 General Assembly photos from UU World

Arizona congregations march in the Banner Parade

View UU World’s General Assembly photographs on Flickr.

Social media, on the way to ‘Justice GA’

General Assembly banners, Phoenix, Ariz. (©Nancy Pierce)

UU World is monitoring social media about General Assembly, and using Storify to curate some of that media. Here is a sampling of what people are blogging and tweeting on their way to Phoenix:

Witness and worship on tap at Justice GA

UUA President Peter Morales, 2011 General Assembly

General Assembly 2012, the long-awaited “Justice GA,” is here. Unitarian Universalists will converge in Phoenix, Ariz., June 20 for five days of social justice education, witnessing, and worship. Expect a different GA than others you’ve been to. This one will be light on business sessions and heavy on social justice work. Virtually every GA event […]

Responsive resolutions approved at GA 2011

[Corrected 7.6.11:] As a final act, GA delegates approved three responsive resolutions at the close of the Sunday afternoon business session and reaffirmed a responsive resolution approved last year. The first, by the Rev. Michael Tino of the UU Fellowship of Northern Westchester, in Mount Kisco, N.Y., celebrates New York state’s approval of marriage equality […]

Delegates vote to eliminate AIWs at 2012 Justice GA

After impassioned debate on the future of Actions of Immediate Witness at Unitarian Universalist Association General Assemblies, delegates overwhelmingly voted in favor of a bylaw amendment that would eliminate AIWs at the 2012 Justice GA in Phoenix. The amendment also reconstitutes AIWs with the 2013 GA, reducing the allowable number of AIWs to three from […]

Morales: Our most important product must be ‘acts of love’

Before the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the UUA, began his report to the General Assembly on Saturday, he held up a copy of today’s local newspaper with a large photo of Friday’s public witness event. “Anybody see the front page of the Charlotte Observer?” he said. The convention hall erupted with applause and cheering. […]

Phoenix GA: ‘Awaken the moral conscience of our country’

A good part of Saturday afternoon’s plenary was devoted to a discussion about what General Assembly 2012 in Phoenix might be like. Bottom line: a task force has been created to determine that, and a lot is not yet known. But it was made clear that whatever happens will happen with the guidance and direction […]

Board seeks input on 2012 Justice GA

The Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees held a workshop Friday afternoon inviting people to share their concerns and ideas for the 2012 Justice General Assembly in Phoenix, Ariz. About 80 people gathered at the “UUA Board Conversation Space: Planning for Phoenix 2012” session. A steady stream of people stood at the microphone to offer […]

Young adults see next year’s GA as pivotal event

Young adults at General Assembly from UU World on Vimeo. It’s day two of General Assembly! This morning I talked with Hilary Allen and Greg Buckland about their GA experience so far. This is Allen’s first GA and Buckland’s eighth. We discussed the history of YRUU (the denominational youth organization that was disbanded in 2008), […]

Passed: Youth Caucus vision of 2012 General Assembly

In the scramble to wrap up our coverage of the 2010 General Assembly, UU World published reports on three of the four proposed Responsive Resolutions presented during Sunday afternoon’s final plenary, but didn’t publish a report on the fourth. Here it is: Delegates affirmed a Responsive Resolution concerning the 2012 General Assembly in Phoenix, Ariz., […]

UUA board, president seek common ground on Ariz.

The pre-GA meeting of the UUA Board of Trustees in Minneapolis started off with a tense and sometimes emotional discussion about the nature of the relationship between the board and UUA President Peter Morales. At its Tuesday, June 22, meeting, the board noted that after it had placed a business resolution on the agenda of this […]


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